Maybe I’m just a tad bit behind on the times since nails wraps came out years ago and I’m only just now discovering them. When I was a teenager, I was crazy about anything to do with my fingernails. I loved all the colors and glitter and rhinestones and anything different I could get my hands on. It never lasted more than a couple of days though before chipping. Eventually, after I started working in retail jobs, I couldn’t keep it up any more. Then computers and horses came back on the scene and it was hopeless to try to have a decent manicure. I just gave up and kept my nails short and clean. Then came Nail Art in the form of wraps, stickers and nail polish strips. Being a creative type person, they had me at “art”.
I have horrible nails. They peel, split, bend, tear, break, you name it and they do it, except grow long and strong. I don’t mind because I generally keep them short but I’m always envious of people who have lovely colorful nails. As I was browsing online, I discovered a new thing (to me anyway) called “nail wraps”. I had heard about them before but always thought they were the white silk things that you used when you broke a nail that was really long. I’d even tried them to keep my nails from tearing but it never worked. This was different though. These were colorful and had beautiful designs on them like my favorite thing, purple leopard print! I found some at my local Boots the Chemist on the clearance isle for only three pounds and thought I’d give them a try. They were gorgeous different designs for each nail of pink leopard print patterns. The brand was Envy Nail Wraps. They were super easy to apply. Just peel and stick on clean nails and file off the excess at the tip. Those suckers lasted three weeks! I could not believe it! How awesome is that? And they even lasted whilst being around horses! It was a miracle! The only reason I eventually took them off is that my nails grew so much you could see them at the bottom. I was hooked.
Since then I have discovered other brands of nail wraps, some great, some horrible. I have tried nail stickers, which are very similar to nail wraps, if not the exact same thing, and nail polish strips. Nail polish strips are exactly as they sound, strips of 95% dry nail polish that you peel off a sheet and stick on your nails. I have had good luck for about a week to ten days worth of wear from most of them. They also come in a big variety and are easy to apply in the same way as the wraps.
Also in the spectrum of nail art are water slide transfers. These are so cute and can have any design you can come up with, but they are very fiddly and I haven’t quite mastered them. You soak them in water till the backing paper comes off then put on the nail, dry them and apply a sealer top coat. Sounds easy, but is not easy at all. The small designs that you put on top of a finished nail as an accent are very easy to work with. It’s the full nail transfers that are very difficult for me. Especially if you get a very cheaply made set that is on a white background instead of a clear one, then I might as well just throw them away. It’s hard to get them in place and to stay on, but I’m determined to figure them out!
The best bit of advice I can give to someone wanting to try this type of Nail Art is to experiment with all different types and brands to see with which you cope the best. I watch a lot of the “how to” videos on YouTube for the different types, which helps immensely. You can also watch reviews of certain brands to see if you even want to waste your money on them. The best bit of news is that they are relatively inexpensive so you can play around with them without breaking the bank. I haven’t paid more than five pounds for any one set. I have found the best deals on eBay and Amazon for the name brands, but you can also find them at pound shops (dollar stores for the states) and bargain stores as well as any drug store or beauty supply.